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Waru (2017)




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Eight female Māori directors have each contributed a ten minute vignette, presented as a continuous shot in real time, that unfolds around the tangi (funeral) of a small boy (Waru) who died at the hands of his caregiver. The vignettes are all subtly interlinked and each follow one of eight female Māori lead characters during the same moment in time as they come to terms with Waru's death and try to find a way forward in their community. In Māori, waru means 8.


Critic Reviews for Waru

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

A fascinating glimpse into New Zealand's contemporary Maori community, Waru brings a sense of dramatic, urgent realism to a story that plays out like a suspenseful mystery.

September 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Joined together, the shorts are a powerful chorus of female Maori voices united in finding a way to protect all that is vulnerable.

September 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This film is beautiful, bold, gorgeously well made and utterly essential to any understanding or appreciation of New Zealand film-making and this country as it exists today.

October 18, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Chances are, you've never witnessed anything like Waru.

October 15, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

... the overall impact of Waru is stunning and it is impossible not to be moved and impressed in equal measure.

October 12, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Beyond its formal ingenuity, Waru is a clarion call for Maori culture (and New Zealand as a whole) to heal itself in the face of a national crisis.

September 27, 2017 | Full Review…

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